As part of your A Level course so far, you will be familiar with the importance of context and how this shapes the meaning and production of the texts.
When producing your commentary, your opening paragraph should contextualise your Original Writing piece and making a clear connection to your style model.
- I know you're meant to do two texts, but since my poems are so short my teacher suggested that I do two poems and a novel.
So mine is on 'Since feeling is first' by cummings (one of my favourite poems), 'Wuthering Heights' (my favourite novel) and also 'The Flea' by Donne.
It is available as an alternative qualification in other countries.
It used to be the case that students would study over a two-year period, and that they would sit examinations at the end of each year (AS and A2 respectively), with each counting for 1/2 of the final grade.
This blog post will provide some guidance on completing the commentary for the NEA and useful tips.
The commentary is designed to enable you to explain the decisions you have made in writing your piece and the language levels that you have employed and replicated following your exploration of a style model.
I'm comparing the representation of romantic love in different time periods.
- I made annotated notes on each text individually, then made links between them.